Tommy Walsh will return to Kerry at the end of the year after calling time on his AFL career with Sydney Swans.

The 26-year-old joined St Kilda as an international rookie in 2010 before moving to the Sydney Swans in 2011.

Walsh played five senior matches in three seasons for the Swans, although his progress was interrupted by a 12-month absence with a severe hamstring injury suffered early in 2013.

Walsh told SwansTV after making his decision: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s the best thing I ever did.

“To be able to experience professional sport in two great cities with two great clubs, I’ve met a lot of great people and I’ll have friends for the rest of my life over here.

“I’m not sure when, but I’m looking forward to coming back over here already for a holiday a few years down the line and catching up with everyone again.”

The news will be welcomed by Kerry supporters who saw him leave the senior football panel after winning the All-Ireland with the Kingdom in 2009.

Speaking of returning home, Walsh said: “It was obviously something I wanted to do since I came out here, and I always knew I’d be going back and after five years here I knew that the time was right.

“I’ll be going back to my club Kerins O’Rahilly’s and I don’t know, but maybe Kerry as well.”